Around four years ago we decided to take the plunge and add a double dormer extension to our Victorian home to create a ‘U’ shaped master bedroom with study space and ensuite shower room.
The building work went on for 5 months
With a three year old and a baby, and the work taking two months longer than planned, it was an extremely disruptive time to say the least! However, the mountains of dust and dirt and endless cups of builders tea made for the workers were worth it, as we have been so delighted with the extra useable space – which is perfect for our needs.
When we first decorated it, I was going through a ‘grey is the only way’ phase (remember that?) and what we ended up with was a beautiful spa-like shower room, but a bedroom scheme that I never totally bought into. It was quite bland and unwelcoming, and wasn’t really ‘me’.
I love the warm grey tones in our ensuite
But wasn’t so keen on the bedroom design
So three years on, I decided to re-decorate in a fresh, monochrome, scandi-come-bohemian style with lots of texture, and splashes of mustard and blush set against a white backdrop (walls are painted in Crown Standard White). To keep costs down, I kept the grey Karndean flooring, the bed (I just re-covered the headboard in a mid grey Casadeco fabric that I already had) and the lighting.
This beautiful mustard knit throw from The Blanket Box adds warmth and the ‘Naps are Life’ cushion is from Sweet Love Press
One of the best decisions I made was to purchase a large rug to position underneath the bed – it’s so lovely on your toes when you get up in the morning, and helps zone the sleeping area too. I would definitely recommend doing this if you have a wooden floor in your bedroom. You can look online at templates which show you the size of rug you’ll require, depending on what bed you have – double, kingsize etc.
I chose this ‘Fedro’ rug from La Redoute for its thick pile and the monochrome design.
A picture ledge above the bed, featuring greyscale images of the natural world, coupled with a macrame hanging planter makes a great focal point.
The gorgeous wooden bead garland was from a small interiors shop called Tobs and Ror and prints are from Desenio
The wire tables either side of the bed, which are large enough to house all those bedtime essentials, have storage underneath for blankets and magazines and are from Ikea, priced at £40 each.
Wall hooks are an alternative way to ‘decorate’ a wall and you can change the look simply by alternating the items you hang on them
I’ve always lusted after those cool Muuto round wall hooks that you see in amazing Instagram scandi-style homes, but at over £30 each – they weren’t in the budget. So instead, I chose these rubber and wood hooks by Umbra, which were £15 for three. I’ve hung pretty objects from them which decorates the plain white wall and makes a change from the predictable choice of a print or shelf. I can change the feel of this area easily by mixing up the accessories. They also come in useful for hanging clothes on at the end of the day!
We needed more storage in our bedroom, as we previously had a teak G-Plan wardrobe which was very funky, but not large enough to house all our belongings. So Ikea came up trumps with their simple white PAX range, and to bring some colour and interest to that side of the bedroom, I added a wall shelf, again from Umbra and a cosy, scandi style bedroom chair.
This beautiful faux fur chair is from Maisons Du Monde and the Pom Pom belly basket from Sunshine and Shade
The other part of the ‘U’, houses a work area. I have a business called ArtHouse Illustrations, where I specialise in creating bespoke drawings of people’s homes. It’s important to me that I have a comfortable place to work, with lots of natural light, so was very pleased to have space for two large roof windows which let the sunshine stream into the room.
My work space at the other end of the bedroom where I run my business ArtHouse Illustrations
This area is still a work in progress, but I recently added these fabulously fun spotty stickers from Nutmeg Wall Art which work perfectly in a creative, art orientated space.
A simple Ikea hack – I changed the knobs on this spacious Koppang drawer unit to make something unique
A large drawer unit provides storage for all my art materials and packaging, which I like to keep out of sight.
As always in my home, I accessorise from both the high street and small interiors shops which has given my bedroom a unique and distinctive look – I love the monochrome star in the picture above which is from a small boutique at Trouva, and the wooden leaves in the vase which came from an Etsy shop.
I’m now so happy with my bedroom, which is full of personality, light and bright, and has a calm yet cosy vibe, which is the most important factor in a place where you primarily rest and sleep. I can’t wait to finish accessorising it!
If you’re planning a room makeover, and are looking to create a bohemian vibe, I advise sticking to light wall colours, and adding vibrancy through well chosen accessories – such as cushions, throws and wall hangings. Or perhaps you could be very brave and go for an all white scheme! Add an abundance of houseplants, wicker, light wood and textured soft furnishings for a snug and homely atmosphere (and don’t forget the fairy lights!)
If you find it difficult to visualise all aspects together, create a mood board using Pinterest where you can pin all your favourite things to one page and add and delete to your hearts content before making any commitments.
These fabulous prints which rest on the bedside tables are from Old English Company